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Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children: Workshop Summaries
level of interest, but few programs, in folkloric dance. She noted that physical activity is not just about sports, and dance and other arts-related programs are physical activities that merit support.
Working with small stores to offer healthier food. Islas-Hooker was asked how CCROPP has worked with small stores to stock healthier food. She said the process involves engaging storeowners, who are worried about the risk of perishable food that may go unsold. CCROPP is surveying residents to see what kinds of produce they would buy at what prices. The program is also working with the California Association of Family Farmers to create a distribution mechanism that would encompass a local market for the region’s small farmers. Finally, Islas-Hooker noted that storeowners need business plans and marketing strategies to sell produce.
Need for long-term, sustainable support. A participant underscored the need for interventions to take place over the long term, since time is needed to build trust, produce results, and reverse many years of poor eating habits. She asked how funding institutions could be encouraged to commit to longer time frames. Bernard agreed with the need for long-term funding, but also stressed the importance of diverse streams of funding to avoid an overdependence on one or two foundations. Another avenue of sustainability is to work closely with city agencies so they will institutionalize the work begun under a grant or other special funding.
Working with planners. Planners, noted one participant, think in long-range terms. She asked presenters about the challenges and opportunities they have faced in working with planning agencies. Mouet said collaboration is critical, although it can be frustrating. Bernard said Baltimore’s planning department is rewriting the zoning code for the first time in 30 years, which she termed an opportunity to promote healthier communities. The commissioners of the planning department and the health department co-lead a food policy task force.
Role of nutritionists and others in educating about healthier eating. Agreeing with the need for environmental changes, a nutritionist in the audience urged the organizations represented by the presenters to consider individual and group counseling, cooking and meal-planning education, and other ways to improve eating. Girardeau noted that a focus group of Washington, DC, children said their family members should cook more. Bernard reported that some participants in Baltimore focus groups said that removing home economics from the school curriculum had led to a generation of parents not knowing how to cook. The Baltimore Blueprint includes nutrition education in its recommendations. Another way